Rep. Gaetz Slams Broward County as 'Banana Republic' Over 'Mysteriously Appearing' Ballots
'It poisons the integrity of the entire Sunshine State.'
UPDATE: A state judge on Friday sided with Florida Republican Rick Scott in ordering that Republicans be granted “immediate” access to requested information about ballots in Broward County, amid explosive lawsuits against the county’s top election official.
Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted Florida's Broward County as a "banana republic" amid a post-midterm election dispute about uncounted ballots.
Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) filed a lawsuit against Broward County, alleging that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted.
"I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election," Scott, who is currently Florida's governor, said at a press conference outside the Governor's Mansion, as he slammed potential "rampant fraud" in his race against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Friday, Gaetz (R-Fla.) took issue with late-arriving votes in the county, noting that the number of ballots cast has increased by more than 80,000 since Election night.
He said he is calling on the Florida secretary of state -- the state's chief election officer -- to place Broward County in a state of receivership.
"Come in, take over and find out what the hell is going on in Broward County, where tens of thousands of ballots are mysteriously appearing," he said.
He pointed out that in 65 of 67 Florida counties, the voting process went "perfectly," even in areas that were recently ravaged by Hurricane Michael.
"My constituents are in jeopardy if we allow banana republic-style voting to occur in Broward County," Gaetz said, adding that "time and again" there are election irregularities in the county.
"It poisons the integrity of the entire Sunshine State. That's why we don't want it to happen. That's why we want state officials to come in, take charge and have a transparent, open process where we can follow the law and have the recount without all of the shenanigans."
Watch the "Outnumbered Overtime" interview above.